Preventative dentistry is largely controlled by how you manage your oral health at home. This determines how often you will need to see the dentist. Life can be busy, and taking the time to brush a minimum of twice a day and floss at least once a day can make all the difference with how you manage your dental visits.
Regular dental checkups can lead to prolonged oral health for your natural teeth. A routine dental check up consists of examining a patient's mouth to diagnose any potential problems. This includes inspecting the health of the gums, checking for decay on the teeth, and checking for gum disease and bone loss around the teeth.
Regular dental cleanings promote healthy teeth and gums. The number of dental cleanings required in a year depends on how the patient cares for their oral health and mouth. A dental cleaning consists of cleaning the teeth and scaling them for any plaque & tartar build-up below the gum line, which is not easily managed at home with brushing and flossing. Diagnostic x-rays are used as necessary to visualize any problem areas of decay. The teeth are polished to remove staining. Patients usually visit at 3, 6, and 9 month intervals based on lifestyle and hygiene habits.